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CAP was founded in 1990 to act as an advocate for the arts, serve the public by providing services and resources for county artists and arts organizations, and encourage collaboration among arts, education, business, civic and government organizations.Learn more
For over 20 years, CAP has been supporting the arts locally. We liken our work in the arts to being a farmer; working behind the scenes, cultivating the soil, nurturing a harvest that will be enjoyed by others. We cultivate, nourish and grow the arts! We are particularly proud of our work in supporting individual artists.
CAP is unique in its mission and scope:
Securing, administering, and distributing grant funding to artists and arts organizations is at the heart of our work, and we do much more.
Two annual artist markets, an annual Literary Festival, IthacaEvents.com (for arts and cultural event listings), and the CAP ArtSpace Gallery are all CAP programs. Our Greater Ithaca Art Trail entices visitors from around the state to visit Tompkins County, and was recently named one of the top places to see art outside of New York City by the Huffington Post.
There are over 1000 artists that benefit from CAP and that number continues to grow. Along with our funding programs, we offer professional development workshops, a consultant program, an on-line artist database, and meet with artist daily to provide support, advice, brainstorming and connections to area resources. CAP is proud to assist local artists in producing the creative work that so enriches our community.
To date, CAP has helped to distribute more than $3 million in grants and fellowships into the hands of local artists, arts organizations, and not-for-profits doing arts programming
Since 1999, 24,000 visitors have enjoyed the Greater Ithaca Art Trail. 500 artists have earned $750,000.
Since 1996, 40,000 visitors have attended the Ithaca Artists Markets. And 1,600 artists have earned over $1,000,000.
IthacaEvents.com receives 85,000 visitors per year.
Since 2010, 300 authors and playwrights have presented their work to 5,000 regional visitors at the Spring Writes Literary Festival.